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Forget the FIFA decision - EA takes World Cup online

Russia might have the real 2018 tournament - but publisher's made up for it

If you're feeling crushed by England's failed FIFA World Cup bid, fear not: EA is here to cheer you up.

English footy fans gutted by this afternoon's FIFA announcement can take solace in EA's FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010, which will see 780,000 FIFA players battle it out for the virtual cup - and hardly any of them are Russian. Maybe.

The winner of EA's online tourney - which kicks off today - will walk away with $20,000 USD in prize money and get to collect their award at the FIFA Ballon d'Or gala in front of some of the world's greatest living footballers, the publisher says.

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Registration starts today and you can put your name down over on the official FIFA Interactive World Cup 2010 site. It's PS3 exclusive too, so 360 players might want to get practicing on a DualShock.

"This year's event features a new format," FIFA explains, "in order to make the online qualifying stages more flexible and accessible there will now be six mini seasons lasting 25 days each, beginning on the first of every month from 1 December through to 25 May 2011.

"The best two players per season will qualify for the Grand Final, which will take place in June 2011," it says.

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